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NBC
Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
, fighting on the ground and western attacks from the air, and we talk to the u.s. general in charge. >>> under control. a new breed of air traffic controllers taking over with fresh questions about safety still in the air. >>> and hanging tough. brave new worries about the crippled nuclear plant, but we find survivors of the japanese disaster giving everyone a lesson in resilience. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. for a seventh straight day the u.s. and its allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 4:00am EDT
near me. i am greg gutfeld and i will see you soon. the u.s. and its allies continue attacks on government forces. the lawmakers here wonder what is the end game? this is as uprising spread to other nations raising bigger questions about the region. group of g.o.p. presidential hopefuls head to iowa. live from the studio in washington, this is "special report." i'm jim angele in for bret baier. african countries are calling for transition to lead to the democratic connections in libya. libyan government delegation is meeting in ethiopia with five african heads of state who want a roadmap for political reform there. political leaders don't have representative at the meeting. coalition forces continue to pound those loyal to gaddafi. the national correspondent jennifer griffin explains why cit exit is likely not in cards. >> good evening. on day seven of the operation over libya, command of the operation still in question and not likely to be settled before sunday at the earliest. >> a transition process that will take through the weekend, more allied pilots begone taking the l
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 8:00am EDT
. >> thank you, jim, for that. >>> president obama says it's not always up to the u.s. to step in when there's turmoil overseas. but in a preview to his national address on monday, the president says the current crisis in libya demands america's attention. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like gadhafi threatens a bloodbath that could destabilize a national region, then it's in our national interest to act. >> nbc's mike viqueira is our national correspondent on alex. >> what prompted the president to speak out on monday? >> after criticism from the left and the right, democrats and republicans here in washington. the president is suffering from two perceptions here, alex. first, this came very suddenly. usually when americans start to see tomahawks flying off or airplanes in flight drops dropping smart bombs, it comes after weeks if not months of debate. there was no such -- there was no such action. secretary of state hillary clinton was i
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 10:00am EDT
is preparing his own take on the u.s. role in the war. >>> also this morning, new fears in japan as radiation levels reach stunning new heights, and the air around the damaged nuclear plant is no longer the worry. rather, it's the water. >>> also something we're keeping an eye on right now in great britain. budget cuts are coming at a high cost for british leaders. protesters on the streets this morning clashing with police officers over proposed austerity measures. we'll have the latest from there. again, this is happening right now. from the cnn center, this is your cnn start morning for this march the 26th. i'm t.j. holmes. we do want to start with a new and disturbing incident in tripoli. this happened today. it's a story that maybe highlights the brutality of a regime that so many people are now fighting against. we want to bring in our cnn international correspondent nic robertson with the latest. tell us what happened. >> reporter: well, t.j., it all began this morning over breakfasttime when a lady came into the hotel, a middle aged appeared to be very respectable lady came into the h
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
. phoenix, arizona on our line for republicans. what should the president say on the u.s. involvement in libya on monday? caller: if he's the intelligent president i want him to tell us why we're going into libya and not the sudan and not bahrain. i think it's un:tionable to open another front when we're spending millions a day on iraq and afghanistan and 50% of our revenue goes to defense. host: the sudan would be another front, too. caller: we could help solve that with humanitarian aid. with the cost in fossil fuels, if we paid the actual cost that fossil fuels cost us, we would pay $12.50 a gallon for gasoline because these wars are about oil. what i'm saying is if he's the innocent president then why doesn't he talk about -- intelligent president why doesn't he talk about the bahrain or sudan? he's doing it for oil just like the last -- just like the iraq war. and i think we need to question why we're doing these things. if we want to help people resisting and trying for democracy, let's do that. but let's not be hidden about our agenda.
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 10:00am EDT
and former u.s. ambassador bolten why the arab nations should be be paying for this. and n.a.t.o. leaders missing in action and john hunt, sr., and alan simpson why he he may have to go begging to china for dough. or we will, and that's not good. and the company behind all of those f-16's, former lockheed martin ceo says that air power alone will not win this thing. first, the very latest headlines for you, rebel leadners libya now say the strategic eastern oil town of ebadia is now 100% in the hands of rebel forces and destroying an artillery battery and armored vehicles and the president in a warm-up to the big libyan speech planned for monday night, saying today, countless eyes and destroying gaddafi's air defenses and the president saying that we're succeeding in our mission and democrats and republicans unclear what the mission is. and protests continuing in syria and thousands demonstrates near damascus at the same time and the human rights group reporting 70 political prisoners and stocks in saudi arabia, more than 2% today. that's right, the market was over there. one the view on
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 4:00pm EDT
on u.s. actions in libya. that speech is scheduled for monday, 7:30 p.m. eastern time. watch it live right here on the fox news channel. >> heather: as we reported at the top of the show we do have new reaction coming to the death of an american pioneer led the way for women and politics, broke that glass ceiling. >> gregg: joining us -- do we have -- apparently we don't. july july with the latest. >> julie: after suffering complications of blood cancer she had battled for 12 years, geraldine ferraro was surrounded by her family when she passed away this morning at massachusetts general hospital. and president obama just moments ago, he says he will forever be remembered as a trail blazer that broke down barriers for women. whether it was at a public school, a teacher, an assistant district attorney, member of congress or candidate for vice president. she fought to uphold the founding ideals of quality and justice and opportunity for all. she leaves behind her husband, three children and eight grandchildren. in a statement her family says geraldine ferraro was widely known as a leade
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 4:00pm EDT
the objective and u.s. involvement in the conflict. he did defend his decision to engage u.s. military forces in that conflict. in his weekly radio address today, he touted the successes of u.s. and coalition forces saying they have both helped to knock down moammar gadhafi's air defense mechanisms as well as push back his ground forces. the president said that he had to engage in this conflict to do to save lives. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there's a crisis somewhere in the world. but i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized, when someone like gadhafi threatens a blood bath that could destabilize an entire region, and when the international community is prepared to come together to save many thousands of lives, then it's in our national interest to act. >> reporter: but the president is facing mounting criticisms from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle who say there is a lack of congressional involvement in setting up u.s. policy in libya. and the president held a conference call with congressional leaders yesterday, trying to add
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 8:00am EDT
to take control of the sky over libya. possibly changing the role for u.s. troops in that region, and president obama is preparing his remarks on the situation there. >>> and running for cover in the middle east. protesters in syria met with a hail of gunfire. is that the next domino to fall? from the cnn center in atlanta, georgia, this is your cnn "saturday morning." thank you for spending part of your weekend with us. we do want to start in japan right now where there is growing concerns over radiation levels in the ocean near that damaged nuclear plant, but there is some positive news as well from the fukushima plant. radiation levels in the air seem to be decreasing. cnn's paula hancocks live in tokyo. paula, hello. sounds like good news/bad news. let's start with the bad news. >> reporter: that's right, t.j. well, this is the water in the sea just off the coast of the fukushima nuclear plant. according to japan's nuclear safety agency, the levels of radioactive iodine are more than 1,200 levels than they should be. a cause for alarm. we're hearing from the agency it's only
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 10:30am EDT
. and the biggest demonstrations and rolling out i'm told in 20 european cities, at least 36 u.s. cities plan for similar type union sympathizing demonstrations in this country, whereof course, this is an extension of what happened not only in portugal last week, where austerity measures were rejected by the parliament and everything went kablewy and this is wisconsin and the union crackdown there, but they're all united in this one respect, they're ticked. and if unions win there, is that trouble for us here everywhere? after this. what does it take to fly? it takes knowing we have our work cut out for us. but if you run before the wind you can't take off. you've got to turn into it. the thing you push against lifts you up. so, every challenge is a chance to show that even in this crazy world of no liquids and route cancellations someone still has the passenger's back. and along the way we'll prove we're not just building a bigger airline we're building a better one. >> all right. still keeping sour eye on london right now. thanks got a little violent today and this is a sort of global demo
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
. the president talks about the operation in libya. do we hear more about the u.s. mission there? >>> the winter that would not quit. in some parts of the country, more snow and one spot nearing a spectacular record. >>> look out below. some harrowing moments for one skier who captures his ordeal on the ski slopes on camera. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm alex witt. welcome to "msnbc saturday." breaking news from the front lines in libya rebels have won a major battle this morning, pushing west from benghazi, maintained control of ajdabiya. allied jets made the difference in ending the week-long battle with government forces. this is a brit tissue jet on friday bombing tanks shelling the city from the outskirts. we are in tripoli. good morning, john. i understand you have information about a disturbing incident at a hotel that's housing the international media. can you tell us what happened? >> reporter: that's right. it is a disturbing incident over breakfast. we are pretty well guarded by gadhafi security forces here. they won't let us out. but somehow this morning, a woman, her name is iman
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 11:00am EDT
there. and gadhafi forces have been seen retreating about 50 miles to that oil port. the u.s. says they plan to continue striking unless he pulls back. this is a huge moral boost for the rebels who now say all the way to tripoli. for the first time in weeks, forces are moving backwards. it is very difficult work. shelled repeatedly by snipers. fires killed at least 115 people including some people and children. >> thank you very much for the live report. government protestors appear to have seized there. we are joined by ron allen. ron is tracking the new developments this morning for us in syria, jordan and all of the hot spots what is unfolding right now? good morning to you, ron? >> reporter: it's a day when the dust is settling here after violent protest. the first time that has happened in many months of lower level protesting here in jordan. that is what was so stunning. at least two people were dead and hundreds wounded. >> as thousands of syrians took to the streets again. a truck down. the security forces, more than 50 people killed. in the town. the uprising. video posted
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 6:00am EDT
obama says the u.s. is actually ratcheting down involvement in libya but, still, no plans for dealing with muammar qaddafi. >> wake up. air traffic controller falls asleep on the job. if you have not heard putting lives at risk but instead of fixing that problem the f.a.a. changes the rules and another bureaucratic coverup? we report. you decide. >>clayton: and an idea to cut the deficit. tax how far you drive. a government official thinks that should be used against you. like a little old lady would not be taxed as much as briggs. could a mileage tax be on the way? muammar qaddafi -- >>dave: i am a train guy! >> it's "fox and friends" right now. >>dave: everyone, good saturday morning, heather is here this morning with us. >> great to have you. >> >>clayton: we need a vat of coffee for heather. >>dave: this is the one person on the planet and this is late for her because she usually anchors at 4:30 in the morning, so this is sleeping in. sleeping in. >>clayton: and now, the news we are following overnight because if violence continuing to rip through the muslim world, and a number of
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 6:00am EDT
and i think u.s. can be a little more creative in this area. iran has four main goals in afghanistan. one is to keep the taliban from completely taking over again, even though it plays a double or triple gain and give some support to taliban, it doesn't want taliban in the country. second is the extend the flow of drugs which has made iran the most addicted country in the world. a third is to do something about the sunni area which feeds a sunni in iran's own beluche area. and finally, iran wants the united states to withdraw is troops from afghanistan although i would think they would be prepared to have some limits provided there's assurance this would not be used as base that the united states could attack iran. some of these issues are already being explored. there was a track that explored in meetings and the iranian participants said they wanted to see a increased role for the united nations and the establishment of a core group to discuss afghanistan. similar to the bond groups that help set up the first government in afghanistan after the ove
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 12:00pm EDT
can convey a message to the american people why it is consistent with u.s. foreign policy goals? >> i do. we have to keep in mind the uprise negligent middle east - uprising in the middle east lends to developments. in the short run we can't controll the events completely. this is important in the middle east and to abanon the people of libya would have let qaddafi slaughtter his own people and put a damper on the efforts of the youngg people in the middle east and small democrats and those who want to liberalize those societies there. >> even with nato in command, are you concerned that ultimately the pressure will be on the u.s. if qaddafi fights for months? >> i am opposed to putting our own soldiers on the ground. i believe that the coalition that is in place led by nato and not the united states will find the right balance of approaches to support the people in libya and to see that there is a new regime in place and support the spirit of revolution and spirit of change and democratic societies in the middle east . so we have to watch this, and congress has a role to play in advi
ABC
Mar 25, 2011 11:00pm PDT
level of u.s. involvement in libya. >> also, how -- how the deadly superbug and the drugs that can't fight. >> and the billionaire doing his civic duty. >> and then late other "nightline." >> coming up next on "nightline" the latest on nuclear nightmare in japan. the possible crack in the reactor there, and the south park guys bring dancing mormons to broadway. and a look at axe. a company that convinced men that sex appeal comes in a can. [ female announcer ] the jcpenney big one day sale is saturday! don't miss amazing 4-hour steals. like worthington separates -- 50% off. and stylish dress shirts or ties, just $19.99. find okie dokie for every cutie -- $4.99! and bright sheets, only $19.99. plus, with jcp cash, earn $10 off unlike other stores we don't make you come back to save! we make spring bright -- you make it bloom. go to jcp.com to see everything on sale. we make it affordable. you make it yours. jcpenney. >> closed captioning brought to >> closed captioning brought to >>> president obama will address the nation about libya on monday. the president is expected to talk abo
CSPAN
Mar 26, 2011 7:00pm EDT
university. the actions the u.s. has taken. the transition to nato command. monday at 7:30 eastern. c-span and c-span radio. >> i am not interested in developing a strategy to win the primary and not winning the general. we have done well everywhere. >> rick santorum sits down to discuss a presidential bid in 2012. on c-span. >> as protest continue, and as nato sets to take control find the latest from the administration officials . all searchable on your computer. watch what you want, when yo u want. >> a look between the relations between the u.s. and libya. this is about 45 minutes. van is a securities studies adjufpkt professor at georgetown university and joins us to talk about the relations between the united states and libya both on diplomat and military fronts. take us through the evolution of the relationship between u.s. and libya say from the mid 60s up through the present. guest: i think it's important to start earlier than that if we look back at the time period when it wasn't libya yet it was actually part of the otoman empire. and if you listen to the
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 2:00pm EDT
people about the u.s. role in libya, our sandra endo has the latest. >> reporter: the president is expected to layout the objective in libya. that speech is set for monday night. he continues to defend his decision in the conflict. in the weekly radio address, the president touted the successes of the efforts so far saying that u.s. and coalition forces have successfully knocked down moammar gadhafi's defense mechani mechanisms. the president says the u.s. had to get involved in order to save lives. >> the united states should not and cannot intervene every time there is a crisis somewhere in the world. i firmly believe that when innocent people are being brutalized. when someone like moammar gadhafi threatened a blood bath to destabilize an entire region and the entire international community is coming together to save thousands of lives, it is in our national interest to act. >> reporter: the president is facing criticism from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle say there is a lack of congressional involvement in libya. president obama yesterday held a conference call with le
CBS
Mar 26, 2011 6:00am EDT
now entered it's second week. why the u.s. is now trying to take a back seat in the operation. >>> one maryland county is trying to put more room between protesters and funerals, how they plan to do it. >>> the fbi says she stuffed nearly $80,000 in cash into her underwear, i'm kelly mcpherson, coming up on eyewitness news, we'll detail additional charges for ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >>> welcome back to eyewitness news saturday morning. i'm gigi barnett. >>> i'm tim williams. it is around 30 degrees at bwi, marshal in baltimore a degree or so warmer. it will not be a very warm day overall. the sky is brightening. we have clouds but the sun is peaking through the horizon. we have a good bit of cloud cover right now. that is ahead of a storm system that is moving in. it will be passing on our south side over the next 12 hours or so. we will start to see the potential for snow showers that we'll talk about in a moment. for today 46 degrees, chilly with times of clouds and sun. 30 degrees, mostly cloudy with a little snow late. we're talking after midnight. your day's events today we'll be oka
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 4:00am EDT
, it looks like a long-term stalemate is a possible outcome. tonight's question -- will the u.s. and our allies have the political will to continue the longer efforts to drive gadhafi out of office if the war boggs down? and can we accomplish our objectives within the constraints of the u.n. resolution? we go to nic robertson in tripoli. it seems the gadhafi regime continues to try to spin a story. what are you seeing, and what are they trying to tell you? >> reporter: they continue to try show us that there were civilian casualties here. they believe if they can do that that will weaken the resolve. they took us to a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city where a missile or rocket had impacted in the farmland. they told us there would be civilian casualties. the stories we heard didn't add up. it was clear something had impacted, but there were no casualties to see and conflicting stories about who and what had been hit. what we did see driving out of the city to the east, clear signs of how the coalition aerial bombardment is effective here. we saw damaged bases, damaged buildings, and
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 5:00pm EDT
congress first and defined the mission better n his weekly address, the president said the u.s. should not intervene every time there is a world crisis, but this is not a moment to stand idly by. >> when someone like gadhafi threatens a blood bath that can destabilize an entire region and when the international community is prepared to come together to save million thousands of lives, then it's in our national interest to act, and it's our responsibility. this is one of though times. >> the president will address the nation about libya monday night and cnn will bring it to you live with coverage starting at 7:00 p.m. eastern on monday night. >>> we have seen protests in the streets and nations seeking democracy, and today marching and shouting in a country where democracy already exists. why brits are up in arms over parliament's plans to cut spending. >>> and a police standoff with an interesting ending. why the suspected cop killer demanded local news stations carry his surrender live, and they have it. >>> you have a voice on this show. join us on our social media sites. check us ou
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
. violence rips law the middle east and the arab world. and now the u.s. is handed over control of the no-fly zone to nato but the u.s. military is still deeply involved. so what is going on? a live report moments away. and a muslim teacher asks for three weeks off to go on a pilgrimage and the school says "no way," she did not work there long enough and the department of justice is suing the school. what is up with that? >> states want to tax big corporations to fix their deficit instead of changing policy so now one big company, caterpillar, employs thousands of people, is ready to flee illinois. could this happen in your state? we continue right now with "fox and friends" this morning. >> welcome, everyone. you are watching "fox and friends" today. >> welcome to "fox and friends" on saturday morning. thank you for waking up with us. that is dave briggs and heather is here and i am clayton. >> lots going on today. >>dave: we start with new developments in libya where rebels have retaken the key town of ajdabiya after a fierce battle with muammar qaddafi forces and rick is live inside th
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 6:00am EDT
of the no-fly zone, but the u.s. still will play an important role as a nato member nation. still unclear exactly what the u.s. role will be, and the extent of it. still you will expect to see american planes flying over libya. kmapd >> we expect nato will take over the no-fly zone this weekend and then the next piece, the third and final piece is the mission to protect civilians. nato, it is my understanding nato has agreed to that in principle and will this weekend decide on the procedures and the timing of accepting that mission. but i think that will probably occur in the very near future. >> so you heard there maybe this weekend nato could be taking over, but still a lot needs to be decided. in the meanwhile, opposition forces are battling government troops for control of ajdabiya, a strategically located city in libya you see there on the map. rebels say they've now taken control of that city. refugees have moved into makeshift camps outside of the city. coalition planes have taken out some of the tanks being used by gadhafi's forces in those battles. libya claims the coalition airs
FOX News
Mar 26, 2011 7:00pm EDT
in the program. moving on to libya, a country where our u.s. military is now involved in coalition air strikes helping to turn the tide in one city. rebels able to gain control of ajdabiya. the fight, a pierce one and bodies of more than a dozen men loyal to qaddafi scattered among the burned out artillery. troops were forced to retreat to the west. the rebels promise to march toward tripoli. steve, under the cover of the allied air strikes victory for the rebels. >>reporter: harris, this is a major turn around for the rebel force that is being formed and growing. they retreated for two weeks before this . now with the allied air strikes they were able to come out and launch an assault and take a town they had fled from. ajdabiya was a ghost town and it was the allied air strikes that were key. they targeted tanks and vehicles and supply lines . soldier running out of fuel and food were forced to retreat in the end. >> could we see this repeat in other cities? >> that's what the rebels are hoping for and asking for. a battle is shaping up in miraheta and once again ally airlines are pounding q
CBS
Mar 26, 2011 5:00am PDT
, but despite eight days of bombing the u.s. says military ground forces loyal to president gadhafi still pose a significant threat. on monday, president obama will address the nation on the libyan crisis. >>> disaster in japan. japan's prime minister describes the situation as grave and serious, after another dangerous radiation leak is found at the crippled fukushima nuclear power plant. u.s. navy barges are bringing fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday fresh water to try to head off a meltdown "early" this saturday morning, march 26th, 2011. captioning funded by cbs >>> welcome to a gorgeous spring morning in new york city. 20-something degrees. but who cares, it looks nice. >> that's a beautiful picture, russ. >> welcome to "the early show," i'm russ mitchell. >> and i'm rebecca jarvis. we begin with the latest on the battle for libya. rebels have recaptured the key eastern city of ajdabiya. nato takes control of some of the u.s.-led operation in libya in a matter of days, and president obama will address the nation on monday night to explain u.s. involvement in
MSNBC
Mar 26, 2011 5:00am EDT
is preparing to take over the military campaign against moammar gadhafi. how big of a role will the u.s. play now? are we still in charge? and with war fatigue setting in and criticism from both sides of the aisle, when does the president fully explain what's at stake in libya for the united states? the white house will address is monday evening. >>> plus, fear of spreading terrorism. there were anti-government demonstrations today and in some cases violence in many arab countries, including yemen. thousands turned out calling for the ouster of the u.s.-backed president there. if the president is overthrown, who stops al qaeda in the arabian peninsula from taking over? >>> and there are increasing concerns of spreading radiation from that crippled nuclear power plant in japan with even more people now being encouraged, not forced, to get out of the area. how great is the danger? >>> plus with hispanics making up 1 in every 6 americans and one in every 1 ever 4 children, the huge emphasis on the 2012 election. >>> finally, how does anyone who actually believes they have a chance of winning the
CNN
Mar 26, 2011 1:00am EDT
on that later in the hour. now libya, though. the top commander of the u.s. military operation in libya says nato has agreed in principle to not only take over the no-fly zone, but also the broader mission of protecting civilians. he said it's all going to happen very soon. here's what general carter hamm said today on "the situation room." >> we expect that nato will take over the no-fly zone this weekend, and then the next piece, the third and final piece, is the mission to protect civilians. nato, it's my understanding that nato has agreed to that in principle and will this command decide on the procedures and timing of accepting that mission. but i think that will probably occur in the very near future. >> ham also said that removing moammar gadhafi from power by military means is not the aim of the mission and the coalition isn't arming the opposition. but the coalition strikes on gadhafi's mechanism of power continue. authorities say coalition fighter planes took out seven libyan tanks in 24 hours. in fact, we got this video from the british ministry of defense showing british aircraft
FOX News
Mar 25, 2011 8:00pm EDT
that president obama is a strong commander. >> according to rasmussen 45% of americans do not believe the u.s.. should get in a conflict for humidity obligations alone. this goes to american exceptionalism. my newspaper column talked about the u.s.a. as a noble nation. for decades we have tried to do the right thing around the world. now we're nearly bankrupt. clearly we request not take wars on like iraq. but an american president should be able to persuade the nation that confronting evil is a worthy endeavor. it's not all about us. if we can save lives without damaging our own country we should do so. but president obama has not been able to make that case. so far his main focus is shifting the humanitarian responsibilities on to other countries. that is okay. we need all the allies we can get but if america is an exceptional countries our leaders have to have that mind set. does president obama? you make the call. that is memo. now for the top story, let's bring in two generals to analyze whether president obama is doing the job as commander in chief. joining us is paul eaton, spent 30 ye
FOX News
Mar 25, 2011 9:00pm EDT
saids i the u.s. objective is that gadhafi has to go. that's the logical objective. as long as he's in power you have a threat to the population. you are going to have divided country. ongoing civil war. what are we going to do stay for 12 years protecting the population as we did in iraq after the first gulf war? that is the reasonable objective. the problem is this, because he wanted the cover of so-called international legitimacy he had to get a u.n. resolution that was watered down. that only authorizes protection of the population. it is not about ejecting or destroying the gadhafi regime. so he is now constrained by what the u.n. allows him to do. even though it is in our national interest to try to get rid of gadhafi one way or >> sean: you talk about inteatiornl legitimacy. humanitarian crisis which provoked the u.n. action by the way was two china eon y mentioned, i would argue russia. we can down the list of countries that could useur assistance based onthat definition. why involve ourselves own here? >> look, the weakest of all the links is turkey. which is a meermb of
MSNBC
Mar 25, 2011 9:00pm EDT
to you at home for staying with us for the next hour as well. the u.s. handed over military operations in libya to nato today, sort of. the president of yemen offered to step down today, sort of. the government of canada was toled today, srt f, and pastte ecuin much larger area around the busted nuclear reactors today, sort of. it was a day of huge headlines, with equally huge devils in the details of all of these big stories. but we're going to start with u.s. politics, where we don't really do details. we tend to like things blunt and simple. case in point. there is a magic word in washington politics. the well earned common wisdom about this word is that if you attach this special magic word to a proposal to something the government could spend money on, doesn't matter how bad an idea it is, how many smart people think it is a stupid thing, if it has this magic word attached to it, it becomes politically invincible, can't be killed. the magic word is defense. and it is well earned common wisdom in washington that any spending that is labeled "defense" is pretty much untouchable spen
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
community to intervene to "stop the massacres." more now, from theodore kattouf. he served as u.s. ambassador to he served as u.s. ambassador to syria from 2001 to 2003, part of a 31-year career in the foreign service, most of it in e middle east. and ammar abdulhamid is a liberal democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile from syria in 2005. he now lives in the u.s. and writes the blog "syria revolution digest." welcome to both of you. the reports are, ammar is that this started with the arrest of some teenagers in the town, some anti-regime graffiti. it has clearly group. how has it group, what is involved now. >> what you have to realize is the seeds of this revolution has been planted years ago. what you are talking about syria with the arrest of the children, we are talking about the immediate cause. but people got an idea that the times were suitable for a revolution, finally, when of course tunisia was made and managed to topple their regime and egyptians and we saw immediately how the spark really, or the wave of protests took ever o the region. a lot
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Mar 25, 2011 5:30pm PDT
. bbc news, tripoli. >> the general in charge of u.s. africa demand, leading coalition operations in libya, and said he does not expect operations to continue much longer. >> i do not think it will go on for very long time. and we have an opportunity to execute the requirements of the u.n. security council resolution. the most important part of which is to protect civilians. it is important to note with the net to a large degree by stopping the regime's attacks on benghazi. there are other places where civilians remain threatened by the regime. we are doing our best each and every day and night to protect the civilians. >> you are watching "bbc world news." still to come on the program -- more worries in japan around the fukushima nuclear plant. one of the reactors could be damaged. the countries involved and the military coalition over libya have been financing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign -- finessing a deal to transfer political control of their campaign to nato. matthew price reports. >> slowly, but surely, it is being transferred to nato. command rem
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Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
. the u.s. counts on him to keep pressure on al qaeda in yemen and is reportedly trying to broker a deal. by phone, a newspaper editor said the president and the nation are running out of time. >> i don't think it will take more than a week. i believe he'll step down less than a week if he is asked or we could see a civil war after it the week. >> reporter: and now supporters and -- nentss opponents. the violence happening as secretary gates was here. reforms clearly not happening fast enough for the thousands in the streets across the region. we expect to see more protests here in jordan and in syria after funerals to bury the dead. and in yemen, those talks continue, but at this point, everything seems to be at a very intense stalemate. >> ron allen, thanks. and for more we're joined by mark halperin. good morning. civilians are being targeted in many places. yet it's only libya where the world seems to be reapgting with the no-fly zone and no drive zone. let me start off by playing what president obama said on that very question this morning in his weekly radio address. >> the united
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Mar 26, 2011 6:00pm EDT
to get crucial freshwater supplies to the north end of the island. the u.s. navy has sent two naval barges loaded with 525,000 gallons of fresh water. meanwhile, the air force has sent 500 tons of bottled water aboard six c-130s to sendai, the people are desperate to get their hands on uncontaminated water there. the u.s. forces in japan are based -- and 20 miles west of tokyo, home to 3,600 servicemen who feel as much wrapped up in this disaster as japan's citizens. >> our hearts here go out to them. we grieve with those who lost everything. >> reporter: at the fukushima plant, levels of radioactive iodine in the seawater at 1 ex250 levels higher than safety limits, according to officials. and they say by the time that enters the food chain, it will dissipate and be safe for humans to eat. and how reliable that is remains to be seen. the government said the utilities managing fukushima is not being honest with the authorities. that is the day after the prime minister said the situation was unpredictable and he was not optimistic about a quick solution to the end of the crisis. the
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Mar 26, 2011 7:00am EDT
monday night to explain the u.s. role in libya. and this morning in his weekly radio address, he defended sending forces there, and said the mission has been a success. david kerley is at the white house. david, the president appears to have gone on the offense, taking a lot of heat from both sides. >> reporter: he has taken a lot of criticism. you're starting to see the rollout this morning of the message from this white house that this is going well. and trying to explain to the american people what the president hopes to accomplish in libya. the weekly address today. tomorrow, you'll see the secretary of state and the defense secretary, on the sunday shows. and the speech by the president on monday night. the president spoke to 21 members of congress on a conference call, trying to nullify their concerns last night. >> and nato is supposed to take over libya tomorrow. how involved will the u.s. be in day-to-day operations there? >> reporter: that's a message that has not been very clear. the president says the u.s. is moving back from the leadership role as nato takes over. but the u.s
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Mar 25, 2011 6:30pm PDT
to exercise command over the ground forces. in a briefing at the pentagon, they also said u.s. forces were preparing to hand off control of the no-fly zone to the nato command, but will will -- will remain responsible for air strikes to protect civilians. >> western warplanes launched a seventh day of air strikes against muammar gaddafi's air forces. encouraged by the raid, the opposition hopes to retake the city soon. >> maybe today or tomorrow. [unintelligible] >> in the rebel stronghold, the imam thanks coalition forces for intervening. these photos show victims of the fighting from the rebels' side. >> [inaudible] >> it is unclear how many libyans have died in the conflict. >> japan's nuclear safety agency says it is likely the radioactive material is leaking from part of the number 3 reactor. officials don't think the reactor has cracked but the radioactive material is leaking from somewhere inside. earlier today the japanese prime minister warned the situation is nowhere near being resolved. >> the latest footage of the plant released by the japanese military. radiation and water at
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Mar 26, 2011 9:00am EDT
, firing cruise missiles are american. on the one hand, the u.s. policy is articulated by the president himself is that moammar gadhafi quote/unquote must go. on the other hand, the united nations security council that's being enforced by this military action says nothing about making gadhafi go. it's protect civilians and make gadhafi pull back from aas whe h'shrtegthe civilians. so the administration is emphasizing protecting civilians and that what the president has to get through on monday night. >> okay, mike viqueira at the white house, thank you, mike. >> okay. >>> meanwhile across the region, widespread unrest. a syrian activist has released prisoners today, bit has made 200 news arrests after troops stormed the demonstratiodemonst. looking at this amateur video that surfaced on youtube on tri, it appears to show protesters in damascas. some called for president ali abdallah saleh. saleh says he is ready to step down, but only if he can leave the country in what he calls safe hands. i'm joined now by jack jacobs. if the president saleh were to leave there, to what extent would y
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Mar 25, 2011 6:00pm PDT
. fighting then broke out when a pro monarchy crowd began to throw stones at the other side. to libya. the u.s. military says the operation to protect civilians in the country have made good progress but that colonel gaddafi's forces pose a threat. a pentagon spokesman said they were still able to carry out attacks in places such as ajdabiya in the east despite attacks on supply lines. in a few minutes we'll have a report from there but first here's our world affairs editor john simpson. he is in tripoli. >> an r.a.f. fighter in action over libya. by intervening, the coalition has changed the situation completely. here in tripoli, it's a very different war indeed. missiles and bombs fall every night. but the main struggle is a propaganda one. libyan television is showing these pictures of civilians who have supposedly been killed in the raids. are they genuine? impossible to say. the international journalists in tripoli are immensely restricted. though we are free to say what we want without censorship. today, we were bust out to see what we were told was a hit on the civilian target. you coul
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